The Championship is a bit of a surprise, but either character has a chance here. We have huge upset with Arya taking down Dany, but what else were we going to do if we think Dany dies during childbirth? Arya might not want the Throne, but if she has Cersei’s face, then it’s possible that she sits on the Throne….at least for a minute, but doesn’t that count? Let’s get right down to it and find out who is going to ultimately win our bracket.
Tyrion Lannister (4) vs Arya Stark (6)
Tyrion has been a strong pick since we started the bracket. Sure he had to be ranked at 4 because the characters ahead of him were more logical picks, but now we are here and I don’t have a regret about it. So how did we get here and how is he now the favorite to end up on the Iron Throne? Let’s break it down.
Jon dies during battle which will ultimately be him sacrificing himself for the people he loves.
Dany dies during childbirth.
The Dany/Jon forces still prevail and the baby born is the Prince that was Promised, but cannot take over for several years.
Tyrion, the Hand of the Queen, sits on the Throne and rules until said baby is of ruling age.
So out of that, tell me what is implausible? None of it, that’s what. We know that the ending is going to be bittersweet and not what we expect, but this is honestly what I expect. Tyrion is one of the few characters that has interacted with everyone during the run of the show and has a general acceptance now. What would be more bittersweet than Tyrion getting the respect he’s always searched for, is able to teach the young ruler, and oversee the reconstruction of the Kingdom? I might legit cry when Tyrion actually gives Bronn a castle to rule over. I’m ok being wrong, hell we are all just guessing at this point, but Tyrion has been the main character of this show since the very beginning. Sure, the ensemble is amazing, but the show revolves around Tyrion and always has.
Arya Stark is a straight up badass! She’s killing Cersei, she’s killing The Mountain, hell she might even kill Qyburn to give her the hat trick. If there was a +500 bet that Arya sits on the Iron Throne at some point in the final season, then I would bet until my hands bled. She’s going to kill Cersei and sit down on that Throne for a minute. I’m certain of it! That’s where it’s going to end, but outside of the case we made for Tyrion, she has the best chance to be that close to the Throne. Ultimately, she clearly doesn’t take over as Queen, that would be the biggest shocker ever, but here we are and with Dany and Jon dead, Arya ends up much closer than they ever will. If you were picking between Dany, Jon, and Arya just to make it inside the throne room at all, who would you bet on? Arya is the clear choice if you ask me, which you didn’t, but hey this is free right?
Winner: Tyrion Lannister ends the season on the Iron Throne
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